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    Seaside, OR

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    In CDL School

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    5 years, 8 months ago

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I am heading out to CDL school after a long break from it. Been studying as much as possible but cannot wait to embark on this journey for the second time.

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Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When should I show down and shift if I want to exit the freeway?

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he went flying down that off ramp so fast I about had a heart attack

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It's interesting you say that because it reminded me of something I had intended to mention.

When you're getting ready to move over and exit, look ahead to make sure you have a safe way out in case you can't make the exit ramp. A couple of times over the years I moved over to take the exit and couldn't get slowed down to a speed I was comfortable with before hitting the ramp so I never hit the ramp. I continued straight onto the shoulder of the highway, accelerated, blended back in and kept going. Went up to the next exit and turned around - no harm done. Could I have made it safely off the ramp? Probably. But probably isn't good enough. It would have been too dangerous to attempt.

Split second decisions like that are tough to make if you let your ego get in the way or you base your decisions on wishful thinking. It's a little embarrassing to miss an exit ramp as a professional driver but it's a lot better than wrecking. And as much as I would have liked to think I could have managed to make it around those ramps safely, the truth is I really wasn't sure and I'm not the type to say, "Oh I'm sure it will be fine" and go for it. If I'm not sure and it's too risky then I simply didn't do it.

I agree that you have to be alert and make those kind of decisions at a split moments notice. This student I was referring to was just joy riding and thought it was funny. I didn't think it was so fun and neither did the instructor.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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When should I show down and shift if I want to exit the freeway?

When I was in school last year it seemed every instructor was different. One instructor would get upset if we slowed down or downshifted before we were completely in the turn lane the others seemed to not care one way or the other as long as it was done safely. So I got used to waiting until my trailer cleared the lane and then start my downshifting and slowing down. I also think that some things to consider would be the area you are in. I currently live in Oregon by the coast and the Interstates are completely different from those in South Carolina or Georgia so reading signs is a major plus and pay attention to everything! Common Sense plays in here.. I remember a student we had.. funny but scary story.. he was driving along on the interstate and the instructor had told him to take such and such exit well he went flying down that off ramp so fast I about had a heart attack and I think the instructor did too. Lets just say it was a while before he was allowed back on the interstate.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Second go round

Well I have been accept to a school and before I divulge which one I will wait until my husband and I get paid to make a final decision. I have a tentative date of Sept 29 I have been at this once before but life got in the way. I am very confident that I can do this! I am so ready to test for my CDL Permit its not even funny but I have been told not to. My physical is still good but I was told they probably will do a new one. I am only planning on doing the required endorsements (for now) but that may change throughout school. I know that there is some negative regarding this company but I had to find something that would work for ME. I have checked many many offers. I have researched until I could no more. I will let everyone know how it goes . Please go and like my page on Facebook so that you be sure to get all of my updates. https://www.facebook.com/truckdrivindiva73

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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My Trucking Training Diary from the Beginning to the End

I liked FFE Academy, but my preference was Celadon's school. They had not contacted me. However, they immediately sent me a Confirmation Letter and accepted me right away. I also prefer to begin my career with hauling dry van instead of temperature controller van.

Basically, Celadon was quicker in their replies to my application. FFE still wanted some more documents. Celadon has a terminal in my hometown while KLLM/FFE doesn't and Celadon has more customers in my hometown. That means that they bring freight to my hometown.

There are more advantages over FFE Academy:

1. Celadon pays for three meals a day while FFE provides two meals a day.

2. Celadon does not charge any administration fees.

3. Celadon pays the CDL Test while FFE requires me to bring $70 for the CDL Test.

4. Quality Drivers have a Self-Paced Program. The minimum of school training is three week; however, if someone needs three months to pass their CDL Test, they will give that time. FFE will send you home if you don't pass the CDL Test. I am not planning to take that long, but I like this approach.

5. I have never been in Laredo, TX. This is a chance to explore this place.

Yesterday, I got my Class A Licence. In Texas, I need to have the Class A Driver's Licence before I am eligible for the CDL testing.

In order to get the Class B you just need to pass the Texas Special Requirement Test. It is a test similar to the Rules and Regulations Exam from the TruckingTruth High Road Practice Tests, but for Texans.

In order to turn Class C into Class A, I need to pass Texas Special Requirement Test and the Combination Vehicle Test.

Class A allows me to drive private Combination Vehicles, but not Commercial Combination Vehicle or any other Commercial Truck.

This is the last post in this thread. I have another thread where I will write down my reports as soon my training begins.

I am by no means trying to discourage you from Celadon however I have been there and from what I hear nothing has changed so please be prepared to wait quite a while. Things were so disorganized there it was unbelievable. And you do realize the team obligation?

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Info on DART Transit

I have been talking to Dart Transit for their school and employment. Does anyone know anything about them?

is it a full CDL school or just OTR training? Dart from what I hear is a good company!

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Schools in Oregon

Anyone got information or experience with schools in Oregon?

What part of Oregon? Portland has a few very good ones. Elite, Western Pacific, and IITR all of them accept WIA funding or WorkSource Oregon. They do not provide housing or food though. These are some of the best I would say.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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My Trucking Training Diary from the Beginning to the End

Quality Drivers (Celadon) contacted me and confirmed that they accept me for school. I am going to start probably 8 September, 2014.

What happened to FFE? and yes KLLM did take them over.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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My days at trucking school. Page 1

Ok. So ive been at quality drivers for almost 3 weeks now. I have experienced the exact same thing this place is very unorganized and its now 2 years into its opening. The only difference now is the 50 dollar gift card thing has stopped due to ppl cashing in for liquor and ruining the hotels. The dorms are built and ready but there are still ppl all over town in hotels. I have no experience on even shifting so ill be here awhile. I have a long road but anyone coming here with no experience is not a good idea. Id like to know is it worth the hassel?

I will be perfectly honest here without trying to bash.. I was there in May of 2013 I was also promised the 3-4 weeks of training and then out with a trainer. Nope! I kept waiting while all of my classmates and newer classmates passed me by.. I asked instructors and directors what I was doing wrong.. I was scoring high on everything I did.. no answer. Then the female instructor informs me I am up next to test .. I was so freaking excited (mind you at this point it had been 9 weeks). well to my dismay it never freaking happened!! I was bummed.. went back to the hotel .. I missed home, my husband everything! I was angry that I had been lied to. Not only that but I was out of cash and broke! I went back to the office the following morning and requested a bus ticket home; that was the last I wanted to do with Celadon! Our class was probably the most supportive of the classes I had seen there. We helped each other, supported each other and rooted for each other! The rest of them were there to party, get drunk and be stupid! It is so sad that the hotel (Quality Inn Greenfield) Had done so much to make us feel at home that it was ruined by these brain dead losers no offense.. I went there to learn a trade and I was really good at it! I left simply because I couldnt afford it anymore. But heads are high I am going back to another school and getting this done.. its time for me to live my dream!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

I think no matter what course you go through, your potential employers could do a more involved test, so consider that too. I don't have to worry about it, but if I did, I wouldn't leave anything to chance.

Have you checked with Celadon? When I was there I noticed how layed back and quick to forgive they were as long as you dont have a dirty UA now.. there were tons of guys who had issues in the past and they waived it.. all they do is a UA and they look at each case individually.. its worth talking to them. If I remember right they talked about no felonies in the past 3 years we did not do fingerprinting unless you were hazmat it was a simple background check form and then of course DMV check and then the UA for the physical and regular physical checking bp, eyes, height, weight, and joints then you go into a little room the doc asks about your medical history and signs the paperwork and your back to class in about 2 days you get your medical card and start testing at the DMV It was really easy there and they didnt make anyone feel bad about your past..

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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TDA Training Diary - (TDA/ Central Refrigerated Federal Way, WA & Salt Lake City Utah)

This may be what I am looking for.. Location is Moscow, Idaho which is pretty close to Spokane, WA I have been beating my head against a wall trying to find a company training that will accept my location I have a few questions for you.. What are the upfront costs? What is Utah's requirements for licensing (such as if a female has been married and divorced) ? What is included in the cost (Physical, meals, hotel, transportation)? I would appreciate some feedback and I enjoyed reading your experience and look forward to more.. and the guy failed an open book test could he not read?

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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High Road Training

Hi guys I want to add something I agree do not rush things,but,I personally before I enrolled to the trucking school,I decide to go MVC my self,and start taking all the test,,by the time I got into the school I already had my permit ready to begin the practice in the truck,after I enrolled in the school I just need to pass hazmat,so I was ahead of things ,I'm now in my 3 week of practicing in the truck,I just have to pay the fees for the finger prints $86 and I'm planing to get the TWIC card just to cover my self,again but that's me,so by the time I get my cdl,I have all emdorsment and my chances are wider to get into a good company.

some schools do not allow you to get your permit before getting there I found that out with Celadon last year I had already gotten my SC permit and it did me no good I had to retest and do the Indiana one with the class..

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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SWift/Central/Knight or some companies in the west

I am pulling my hair out here.. I have been contacting company after company and everything goes well I get accepted except for one small problem MY LOCATION!!! What are some companies that have schools that will hire out of North Central Idaho? I have researched swift however I wanted to keep looking I am not really liking some things I have heard or the pay rate.. I realize I have to start somewhere and was so hoping to go back to Celadon but I guess that is out as their hiring area is limited.. Please advise..

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon

I was there at the beginning of the school. Back then it was a bit disorganized hence the reason I came home I was waiting and waiting to test and that never seemed like it was going to happen I hear they have cleaned it up a bit not sure but maybe someone can clarify I was approved to go back however not sure about hiring area at this time as I have moved also there was no team requirement at that time so if anyone can clarify the time required that would be great

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Sage on the horizon!!!!!!

Well, the moment I've been planning on for the past year and a half has finally arrived. This Monday I begin my training with Sage trucking school in Coeur d'Alene, ID. I honestly feel this is a very good school that stands behind their students the whole way. I suppose one thing that impressed me about them was that lots of recruiters go to their schools to recruit. The companies must feel the shcool is giving what the students need to get started.

I choose a private school over a company school so that I would have the freedom to work with who I wanted. Also, a private school is less likely to be impatient with new students. Company schools can be very demanding at times. I choose the five week class over the four week class to give myself as much training as possible. I don't think I can ever get enough of that.

As time goes on I will keep ya'll posted as to how they do things and my experience throughout the process. I want to thank Brett, Gujax, and Starcar who have encouraged me with their advice and suggestions. Over all this time I haven't given up my dream. smile.gif

Hi I am coming from Moscow, Idaho how is sage going? I am headed there in May. I havent heard many diaries or stories about Sage. I am also going this route for the same exact reasons as you are. I got my approval from WIA yesterday so now the waiting game begins I did however go ahead and do my permit as I had to transfer to Idaho anyways so I thought I might as well get er done. and that was One and done

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Prime school anyone?

Old School's link will give you a driver's perspective and we have our own information and review of Prime's Training Program at that link.

Brett,

I did just that! Oh and I want to thank you personally. I have been doing this training on your site for almost a year and half now and this is the second time I was able to pass all my tests in one day and only miss one question. I am smiling from ear to ear. so now that is out of the way I have more time to focus on Pre Trip and driving skills while the other students are prepping for the permit. Thanks again!!

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Prime school anyone?

Hey Tater Rolls, check out this lengthy thread in our Training Diaries section. It is Steve's Training Journal from our old forum, re-mixed and re-mastered by our ever helpful moderator Daniel B. It's chock full of valuable information.

I went and read the blog and very very good! I love the way he writes and tells his story as if I was watching a movie. Sounds like they might be a very good fit for me. I will attempt to give them a call tomorrow as I just got home and its a 3 hour time difference and nobody is probably there anymore today. I do already have a plan to attend DTS in Spokane, Wa that WIA is paying for but wanted to check out another opton but at any rate when I am finished with school I will need to pick a company to start with and Prime just might be it.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Getting A Job With My Work History ...

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I have a similar problem. For the last 13 years or so I have been the 24/7 care-giver for my father. Therefore I have no employment history, and even worse is the fact that I have no IRS records, either. I can get letters from my brothers and my father's physician for some documentation on the issue, but will it be enough? Any suggestions?

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Ask the recruiters what they will accept. As long as the company is satisfied with your explanation of what you've been doing for the past x number of years, that's all you need.

Mine is very simalur to yours. I have been a stay at home mom/wife and caregiver to my disabled daughter for the past several years so therefore no tax records to prove that. I had 3 of the best contacts I could find write letters stating what I had been doing , the reasons, and the outcome and if they would hire me themselves and had those notarized. The companies I have talked with thus far are ok with them and most of them understand.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Prime school anyone?

has anyone been through Prime Inc for their CDL training? What is it like? what does it take to get accepted? will they work with gaps in employment if you have 3 letters of reference that are notarized? any advice would be great

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Info on Prime's school

has anyone been through Prime for their CDL training? what is it like? what does it take to get accepted? will they work with gaps in employment if you have 3 lettrs of reference that are notarized? any advice would be great

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving School

On my last week. Mostly driving and backing and then the skills test on Saturday. Need some work on my in-cab and learning to take my down shifting at a slower pace. Most will come with experience I hope. Winetaster the chaining up is not to hard and if you chain up you own vehicle think of it with two tires. Our instructor showed us some ideas so as not have to lay on the ground when pulling through. Me personally if don't have to sit it out.

Hey Tracy I live pretty close to you in Moscow, Idaho and will be going to sage soon as well getting the finishing touches from WIA this week an will aim for a start date next week. what is your honest experience with them? I keep hearing bad things about sage that most truck companies wont accept their training is this true?

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